The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) hosted an exciting pre-recitals preview concert featuring Bachelor of Practical Music recital students.
Musicians featured were Mr Siyanda Zulu (trumpet), Ms Xolisa Dlamini (vocals), Mr Lucky Swele (guitar) and Bachelor of Music student Mr Zibusiso Makhathini (piano).
Speaking about the concert performances, Swele said: ‘The concert was a taste of what we will present at the main recital - a wide variety of jazz styles. Each performer has a distinctive identity and style that defines them individually. Personally, my passion is African traditional jazz.
‘Our goal for the night was to entertain by playing great music, while showing how much we have learned during our studying period.’
Swele, who grew up in Limpopo, loves Mbaqanga Musica and is part of a trio, Ubuciko the Art that fuses the spoken word/poetry and music.
Siyanda ‘SLASH’ Zulu is a trumpeter from Kwadukuza and a member of Tutti, a band doing a regular Sunday afternoon gig at Mamas Just Jazzin in Durban North. He is known for being a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger.
Dlamini, a talented vocalist and recording artist, is a SAMA award nominee for her first album Times and has recorded with various artists in South Africa - including Selaelo Selota - while Makhathini is an arranger, composer and pianist.
Audiences were treated to a performance by Makhathini and compositions as well as arrangements by other participants.
The students also played some of the material they intend performing for their final recitals.